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Alexander Alekhine vs Max Euwe
Euwe - Alekhine World Championship Rematch (1937), Delft NED, rd 22, Nov-27
Reti Opening: Advance Variation (A09)  ·  1-0



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Aug-08-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: What impresses me most, is how AAA takes advantage of manoeuvring his knight vs. opponent's bishop.

That knight sits silently in the middle of the board from move 25-40, when awakes and starts to trample down like a kangaroo.

Feb-05-07  LIFE Master AJ: One of Alekhine's most brilliant games? (See the book, "Alexander Alekhine, Master of Attack," by A. Raetsky and M. Chetverik. In the intoduction, beginning on page # 17.)
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  RookFile: Well, Euwe lost, but he sure went down swinging, and played some clever defensive moves. Alekhine really had to work to press the attack home.
Feb-14-07  Silverstrike: <RookFile> Agreed! Fighting play like that is something I'm not good at, and which I should improve.
Jul-02-07  sanyas: <Silverstrike> What? You can't defend like Max Euwe? Substandard... what a patzer...
Jul-02-07  whatthefat: What a real fight! It's the sort of game I'd expect to see Topalov and Aronian play today.
Aug-15-07  D4n: Using a Queen and Pawn to make a checkmate is great. I enjoy seeing moves like that.
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  kevin86: In sports yerms,Euwe looked like he was a step short in this match-and three steps short in these final games.

Alekhine,on the other hand,never looked better.

Sep-22-07  Calli: excellent game by Alekhine.

Euwe played 29...Qe6? thinking that after 30.Qxb5! he had 30...Rd8 since if 31.Ne3 Qe4 attacks the rook(b1) and bishop (f4). However, Alekhine pointed out the back rank trap here: 30...Rd8? 31.Rc1! Rxd5 32.Qb8+ Bf8 33.Bh6 Qd6 34.Qxd6 Rxd6 35.Rc8. Black can play 29...Qe2! which seems to hold.

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  tamar: I've enjoyed seeing and going over this match for the first time.

You can almost see Alekhine reviving after his near losses, and regaining his youthful verve.

Sep-22-07  sambo: This game gives me the impression of Alekhine barely scraping by- all of his defenses are *just* strong enough to prevent Euwe from breaking through. Very fun to play through.
Oct-19-07  Calli: In retrospect, you can see Euwe unraveling a bit, making illogical moves.

After 14.a4!, it was obvious that the A-file might open, but Euwe removes the rook from the active area with 14...Rad8? (instead of the normal looking 14...Rfd8) after 15.a5 Qc7 16.Qb3 Nd7 17.axb6 axb6 18.Ra7 Ra8 the rook returns losing a tempo. Then 19.Rfa1 e6 20.Rxa8 Bxa8? Why? Brain lock? With the normal 20...Rxa8 Alekhin gives 21.Rxa8+ Bxa8 22.Qa3 Bb7! 23.b4 and while White is more comfortable, there is no win in sight.

Apr-08-08  Knight13: 48. Kh1!! wins the game, it threatens Ne2 now that ....Qd6+ is not available and things come at Euwe so fast he had to lose material!!
Apr-17-10  jsteward: what is the continuation after.......45..Qxd4?
Apr-17-10  Dr. Siggy: <jsteward>: After 45...Qxd4? 46. Qxe2 wins the exchange.
Apr-18-10  jsteward: gracias!Dr.. Siggy
Aug-01-10  Calli: Alekhine ruled out 43...Rb7 protecting f7 because 44.Qf3 Bb6 45.Nd8! attacking the rook and threatening Nxf7. Looks good but Black can still draw 45...Qe5+ 46.Kh1 Bxd8! 47.Qxb7 Bc7 and if 48.g3 then Qxg3 49.Qg2 Qxb3. Must be a win earlier but its time to call it a night..
Apr-23-11  LIFE Master AJ:

My annotations of this game ...

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
How about 43...Rb7 44. Qf3 Bb6 45. Nd8 Qe5+ <46. g3> instead? Then if 46...Bxd8 47. Qxb7 Qe2+ 48. Qg2, and White stays up the exchange without needing to give back any pawns.

So, maybe Black tries counterattack with (43...Rb7 44. Qf3 Bb6 45. Nd8 Qe5+ 46. g3) ...Qb2+ 47. Kh1 Ra7 48. Nxf7 Ra2 with unstoppable mate threat, but it's still White's turn and White's own king hunt comes first with 49.Ne5+ and mate in a few.

What am I missing?

May-04-11  Calli: <bg> How are you? White exposes the k with g3 and Black can force a ♕ exchg on 46.g3 ♖e7 47.♘xf7 ♕e2+
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  beatgiant: <Calli>Fine, and you?

This probably won't come as a shock to you, but... you're right. I have not found any win after <43...Rb7>. I also tried 44. Qd5 but then Black has ...Qe2 e.g. 43...Rb7 44. Qd5 Qe2 45. Ra1 Kg7, and the attack peters out.

<Must be a win earlier> It certainly looks that way. My suggestion would be 37. Re1, threatening 38. Re7. I don't see any easy defense.

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  tamar: <beatgiant> 37 Re1 is an interesting suggestion.

Alekhine's own notes question 37 Rd1 with

<This attempt to repeat moves, due to a shortage of time, leads to extremely interesting complications. After the simple 37 b4 White would not have much trouble in taking advantage of from the possession of the passed pawn. For instance 37...Qc4 38 Ne7+ Kf8 39 Nc6 Rb6 40 b5! Rxb5 41 Qa3+ and wins>

However, he does not analyse the stronger move 39...Rb5! preventing that tactic, when Rybka 3 shows the best White can do is to go into a dreaded rook ending.

40 Rd1 Bb2 41 Rd6 Qc1+ 42 Kh2 Rf5 43 Qe3 Qxe3 44 fxe3 Rb5 45 Rd3 .58/25

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White is clearly better, but has problems removing the blockade on b5 without exchanging knight for bishop, and Black's King is nearer the action than White.

So 37 Re1, with the intention to invade on e7 looks like a better try.

May-06-11  Calli: <bg> I am well! Agree that 37.Re1 is a good try. The ending is difficult because of the bishop. If Black can get it on one of the center diagonals, it can hinder the passed pawn and attack White's king at the same time. For instance, after 37.Re1 Black can actually play 37...Be5 because of 38.Rxe5 Qa1+ Not sure that it's the right move, but the position remains quite unclear to me.
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  beatgiant: <Calli>, <tamar> Tired of the indignity of posting blunders and having my positional evaluations instantly rebutted by engine jockies whose own chess skill is unknown, with their 20-move lines or assertions that Fritz shows move A is 0.05 of a pawn better than move B, I finally broke down and got a free download of an old version of Fritz!

Yes! Now I don't have to retire to the Rogoff page and give my plan for a balanced Federal budget and Mideast peace, or a logical proof that my socio-political, racial and religious biases are better than the next kibitzer's.

Running my first engine analysis, I found that on 37. Re1 Be5, it likes 38. Ne7+ Kf8 39. Nc6. White can trade knight for bishop whenever he wants and usually ends up with a winning ending.

On 37. Re1, it prefers ...Qd6 as the best defense. White keeps about a pawn's worth of advantage, it claims.

On move 37 for White, it prefers Alekhine's choice of 37. b4. I showed it <tamar>'s line and it gives 37. b4 Qc4 38. Ne7+ Kf8 39. Nc6 (actually it prefers <39. Qd5> there) ...Rb5 <40. Na5> and White's on top, with a main line of 40...Qc7 41. Qd3 Qb6 42. Nc4 Qd4 43. Qxd4 Bxd4 44. Ne3 followed by 45. Nc2. Black's rook can't blockade the pawn forever as Na3 will kick it out.

May-06-11  Calli: Starting to be convinced, but right now I am not able to really concentrate on it. Something about looking up Carranza in bunch of books has me spaced out.

"finally broke down and got a free download of an old version of Fritz!" - Next thing you're gonna tell me that they found Bin Laden. 8-)

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